Julius Peppers is no longer a Carolina Panther.
The five-time Pro Bowl defensive end and top free agent prize agreed Friday to a six-year deal with the Chicago Bears, the biggest move on a day the team showed it's intent on contending again after missing the playoffs the past three seasons.
"I'm excited to be here and looking forward to doing big things," Peppers said during a news conference. "Being able to come to a place with a deep-rooted tradition in winning is a great thing for me. It's a wonderful thing. It's one thing to play football in this league and make a living. But it's a totally different thing to come to a place with a great tradition and rich football culture like the Bears."
Terms of Peppers' deal were not released, although NFL Network's Michael Lombardi, citing a source, reported the deal was for $79.8 million, with $40 million guaranteed in the first three seasons.